Littlehampton residents warned of candle fire dangers

Firefighters are warning people to be careful when using candles following a blaze in the area this week. Pictured is crew manager Amanda Mays
Firefighters are warning people to be careful when using candles following a blaze in the area this week. Pictured is crew manager Amanda Mays

RESIDENTS in the Littlehampton area are being urged to take care when using candles this week.

The warning from the county’s fire service came after a fire yesterday (Tuesday, March 17) after a disabled woman had to be rescued from her flat in Worthing.

The wheelchair user accidentally knocked over a lit scented candle from her bedside table and set light to the bedroom floor.

Although the woman managed to raise the alarm herself, the fire service was also alerted by a specialist Firelink smoke detector. This meant that an operator at a 24-hour monitoring centre was automatically alerted to the fire and also placed a call to the fire service.

Worthing watch manager Steve Crockett said: “It’s easy to be complacent about the danger of candles because they are such a common sight in people’s homes.

“However, wherever there is a naked flame, there is always a fire risk.

“We’d always urge people to keep candles well away from anything flammable like bedding or clothing and to make sure they are kept in suitable, sturdy holders on a stable surface.”

Other tips includes never leaving a burning candle unattended, keeping them away from children and pets, always keeping them upright on a stable surface away from draughts and to make sure homes have smoke alarms on each level.

For more advice, see the fire service’s website at www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire